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cbssf.com. >> look at you. >> you do that to us every sunset now. >> how about another one tomorrow. >> okay. >> couric: tonight, day 14 of the cris d both sides are digging in. the opposition continues to insist mubarak must go right now but he conducts business as usual with his new cabinet. i'm katie couric. also tonight, oh, say did you see? ♪ what so proudly we... >> couric: from the anthem to the half-time show, one super bowl fumble after another. the other white stuff. mining for a commodity that's worth its weight in gold this winter. and from bully to buddy. how the tormenter of a classmate saw the light in steve hartman's "assignment america." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric.
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>> couric: good evening, everyone. president obama said today he egypt is making progress on a transition to democracy. but the administration is easing the pressure on president mubarak, saying forcing him to leave immediately could threaten that transition. in cairo, the opposition demonstrating for the 14th straight day is still insisting he must go right now, and the muslim brotherhood threatened to walk away from reconciliation talks unless he does. it looked like mubarak wasn't going anywhere today as he met with his new cabinet. his government, meanwhile, released a google executive who'd been arrested after organizing the online opposition. and the u.s.-based group human rights watch said nearly 300 egyptians have been killed in two weeks of protests. elizabeth palmer in cairo begins our coverage tonight. >> reporter: a call to battle stations and the tahrir square protestors rush for the barricades. it turns out, it's a false
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alarm, there's no attack. but it does show how fiercely they'll defend this territory. state t.v., meanwhile, showed pictures of hosni mubarak calmly meeting his cabinet. apparently oblivious to the worldwide sensation of waled ghonaim, the young google executive and online activist who disappeared 10 days ago from tahrir square. upon his release from custody today he said "please don't make a hero out of me. the real heroes are the ones who died in the streets." back in the square, demonstrators were upping the ante. they blockade add government building and stopped the employees from getting to work. the mubarak regime clearly wishes they would just go away, but if anything, their camp is looking more and more permanent. people all over the world are talking about the demonstrators in tahrir square, but the question is who, if anyone, is talking for them? >> the egyptians will not accept
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representatives at the current state. >> reporter: tonight we tracked down one of the organizers of the very first protest march. he said they never imagined this protest would explode into a movement with no formal leaders! that's what's confusing the >> reporter: ayman nour, a well- known opposition leader, joined the demonstrators last week and was hit in the head with a rock. and now you have headaches? >> no, i have different headaches, mubarak headaches. >> reporter: in 2005, nour challenged hosni mubarak in presidential elections and ended up in jail. he agrees the protestors have no leader and there is only one way to end the standoff now: mubarak has to go. there may be some signs of protest fatigue now, but the
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people in tahrir square seem willing to wait. so tonight we've got a stalemate with apparently limitless quantities of stubbornness to go around on both sides. katie? >> couric: and, liz, as you well know, this has been going on for some time. how long will these demonstrators stay? >> reporter: they still sound pretty committed and i can tell you that i went to ask them today how they were managing to wash and use the washroom down there in the square and they told me that there was a dilapidated public washroom and lots of volunteers came from the crowd who knew how to do plumbing. they fixed it up, it's working, they're now equipped for the long haul. >> couric: all right. liz palmer in cairo tonight. liz, thank you. the world was shocked by the images coming out of cairo, the bloody battles between pro and anti-mubarak protestors. but anyone who watched egypt's state-run television last week saw an alternate version of reality without any violence.
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but as mark strassmann reports, the government could control the message for only so long. >> reporter: remarkably today, egyptian state television played it straight. it reported today's protests and the release of waled ghonaim, a google executive jailed as a mubarak critic. that changed since last tuesday when this massive outraged rocked cairo's downtown and egyptians state t.v. ignored it, instead showing this much smaller rally by his supporters. and when al jazeera and western networks showed bedlam, egyptian state television's music suggested bliss. chaos presented as quiet. an assault on the truth. so shahira amin revolted, too. the state television anchorwoman quit.
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>> reporter: egyptians have seen the cell phone videos. an unarmed man gunned down. protestors mowed down. none of that on state t.v. you're saying they lie? >> of course, yes. >> reporter: ahmad abdalla is a 32-year-old filmmaker. in the heart of tahrir square, he organized space for new media volunteers like ahmed negla. >> reporter: around the clock, siphoning power from a utility pole. volunteers capture images for bloggers in safe houses and their global audience. >> reporter: over the weekend, egyptian state television changed its approach and for the first time ever heard from voices of dissent interviewing some of those tree protestors as though to say "see? we are listening." but it's too late.
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protestors have found each other on social media. wael ghonin's facebook page became a viral movement. this is an answered prayer to his mother. >> ( translated ): i want to put a sign on my chest that reads "i'm the mother of a hero." >> reporter: for many protestors, he's one of the heroes of revolution. and today one of the most famous and state owned newspapers abandoned mubarak. an editorial saluted the revolution and demanded sweeping constitutional reform. katie? >> couric: mark, i also understand that the crackdown on the international media has intensified. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: another group, katie, was rounded up. six foreign journalists, french, german, australian and two egyptians with them. they were bound and blindfolded, they are interrogated for four hours. at least one of the egyptians was badly beaten. this regime has apologized for
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those sorts of attacks but no question, katie, those sorts of attacks still go on. >> couric: mark strassmann in cairo tonight. mark, thank you so much. meanwhile, in washington today, president obama continued his campaign to improve relations with business. addressing the chamber of commerce, the president urged corporate america to invest the nearly $2 trillion it has saved up and start hiring again. for his part, the president promised to address their complaints about the corporate tax code and burdensome government regulations. and on that score, congressional correspondent nancy cordes reports businesses have a very long wish list. >> reporter: in nearly 2,000 pages of letters to congress, u.s. businesses unloaded on everything from anti-pollution rules to new pilot requirements to workplace noise standard complaining they all kill jobs. construction workers cannot afford this burden right now, wrote one group of builders. >> i'm congressman darrell issa. >> reporter: they were solicited
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by darrell issa, the chair of the house oversight committee. republicans have made eliminated regulations one of their top priorities. >> far from pulling our economy back, the weight of debt and taxes and regulation have stifled our economic recovery. >> reporter: in one letter, beverage makers complained that sugary soft drinks were being targeted unfairly. cabinet makers wrote in about rules restricting formaldehyde in pressed wood. environmentalists called the exercise one-sided. >> they've never asked the public health experts. they've never asked the scientists how many lives are being saved, how many lives would be lost if we cashiered these regulations. >> reporter: the president argued today that smart regulations are good for business. >> few of us would want to live in a society without rules that keep our air and water clean. that give consumers the confidence to do everything from investing in financial markets to buying groceries. >> reporter: mr. obama was
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speaking before the u.s. chamber of commerce which spent millions to try to defeat his health care law and gave him a tepid reception today. >> maybe if we had brought over a fruitcake when i first moved in we would have gotten off of the a better start. >> reporter: the president said some regulations do need to be streamlined but republicans want a top-to-bottom review of all regulations and they plan to begin this week. katie? >> couric: nancy cordes reporting tonight from capitol hill. nancy, thank you. in other business news, a.o.l.'s got the huffington post. as a.o.l. tries again to reinvent itself in the post- dial-up era, it announced today it will pay $315 million for one of the leading news web sites. a.o.l. is hoping to pick up huffington post readers and get ad revenue. arianna huffington will take control of a.o.l.'s editorial content. another online journalist was in court today in london. wikileaks founder julian assange is fighting extradition to
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sweden where he's wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case. his lawyer argued he won't get a fair trial because of his notoriety. the hearing continues tomorrow. assange sparked an international uproar by posting secret u.s. military reports and diplomatic cables. and still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," salt of the earth. the white stuff they can't get enough of. and super bowl sunday hits a few sour notes. [ male announcer ] if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack
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sheets of ice falling from the roof of cowboy stadium injured six workers friday. the horrible weather dimming what was supposed to be texas's time to shine. >> things were a little disorganized in my eyes as far as the... dallas's preparation for this. >> reporter: the snake-bit super bowl plagued with problems. one of the biggest snafus, 1,250 temporary seats not ready by game time after being deemed unsafe. >> it was terribly mismanaged and we're just beside ourselves. >> reporter: the n.f.l. found alternate seats for most but 400 fans holding $900 tickets had to watch the game on t.v. from a room with no view of the field. >> i roughly spent a little over $10,000 for this weekend and got a very disappointment out of this today. >> reporter: the n.f.l. says it will invite the affected fans to a future super bowl and issue $2,700 refunds. officials also admit they knew about the seat problems last week. >> we apologize to those fans. >> reporter: even the non- football entertainment had
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issues. christina aguilera forgot it was "the ramparts we watched." >> ♪ what so proudly we watched at the twilight's last streaming... ♪ >> reporter: that should have been "gleaming." and there were audio issues with the black eyed peas half time show. none of it bothered this canadian fan. >> i'll come back to dallas in a heart beat. >> reporter: but will the super bowl? >> i think they have a better chance of holding one at my house than in dallas for a good long time. >> reporter: tough words after a tough week in texas. don teague at cbs news, dallas. >> couric: a few hours down i-45 in houston, astronaut mark kelly was back in training today for his april space shuttle mission. kelly will command "endeavour." he and his crew practiced launches and landings in the simulator today. kelly had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords. she's in a houston rehab center recovering from an assassination
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18 million tons of sodium chloride, salt, is scattered on u.s. roadways in a bad winter. that's enough to fill one million truckloads. the salt on the roads comes from well, under them. to see for ourselves, we took a five-minute elevator ride down 1,800 feet into a sprawling salt mine below the city of cleveland here we are, huh? the mine is completely dark. a labyrinth of salty corridors is revealed as we drive more than 20 minutes about two and a half miles directly under lake erie. bob supko, cargill's cleveland mine manager, is our ride. >> this is a big one. >> reporter: it's estimated there are a hundred miles of roads and tunnels deep inside this mine, it's almost like an underground city, but everything is covered in salt and when you lick your lips, you can even taste it. this salt deposit forms 400
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million years ago when an ancient sea dried up. giant machines are used to scrape out 20-foot-high chunks of salt from a roughly 100-foot- thick layer of it. front-end loaders transport it to conveyor belts. it's processed and then hoisted above ground. this guy is pumping the walls full of a thousand pounds of explosives. that will be set off and what is shot here today will most likely be on the streets tomorrow. it's usually blasted in the middle of the night. where around the country will it go? >> minnesota to the west to maybe massachusetts to the east to virginia to the south. >> reporter: cleveland mine produces more than three million tons of salt a year. that's enough to fill well over 600 trucks everyday in the winter. a truckload costs about $1,500. >> salt is limitless. we could mine it for the next thousand years and we would
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still have plenty of salt. >> reporter: and it seems plenty of need for it. with two months of winter still to go. seth doane, cbs news, cleveland, ohio. >> couric: and coming up next, two lives turned around in steve hartman's "assignment america." how are those flat rate boxes working out? fabulous! they gave me this great idea. yea? we mail documents all over the country, so, what if there were priority mail flat rate... envelopes? yes! you could ship to any state... for a low flat rate? yes! a really low flat rate. like $4.95? yes! and it could look like a flat rate box... only flatter? like this? you...me...genius. genius. priority mail flat rate envelopes. just $4.95. only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship. osteoporosis treatment-- no big deal. so i have to wait up to an hour
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got juvenile arthritis. he says they started by mocking his limp and it snowballed from there. >> people would, like, take his lunch, take sweatshirts. >> reporter: do you have any idea how bad he felt? >> no. because he was just kind of quiet. he never really seemed too sad about it. >> reporter: zach's parents say at first they were also dismissive of the jokes and slurs. >> i would say well, maybe they're trying to be funny. >> i don't think either one of us fully appreciated the hurricane that was going on inside of him. >> when i was in school kids called me chicken lips and other funny names because of the way i walked. >> reporter: even after zach gave this speech at an arthritis fundraiser the jamisons say they still would have never guessed their 11-year-old son was in so much physical and emotional pain that he would actually consider killing himself. but he did consider it. and eventually even told them so.
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>> and i felt the blood drain out of my face. >> reporter: bullying that ends in suicide has become an all- too-familiar theme on the news. and although there are certainly lessons to be learned in those terrible endings, the more important lessons may lie in stories like this one where the ending is far from tragic. ( laughter) >> reporter: today zach jamison is 13, alive, and happy thanks to a lot of good people who made some very smart decisions. first, his parents sought counseling for zach, but they also encouraged him to get involved with the youth group at church to meet kids outside of school. like paul and can caleb. >> and at that time, that's all i needed was to be accepted. i'm really glad i met them. >> reporter: i suppose you are. of course he was still blackballed at school. but zach says these new friendships gave him the courage to face that challenge anew. so when someone suggested he become manage of the cross
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country team, he went for it. >> it helped, it really did. because i connected with a lot of friends. >> that's when he really felt wanted. >> reporter: and whose idea was that? >> mine. >> reporter: thanks to school administrators who forced the issue, jacob and zach hard a long heart-to-heart in the principal's office. >> how he felt, how it had crushed him and he wasn't able to do anything. >> reporter: and you were different from that day on? >> yes. >> he is extremely different this year. >> reporter: really? at every school, there will always be the popular kids. there will always be the outsiders. but as zach and jacob proved, there will also always be common ground for those brave enough to walk it. steve hartman, cbs news, atlanta >> couric: if your school would like to use steve's report as a teaching tool, we've posted it at cbsnews.com. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm katie couric, thanks for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. good night.
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